30 April 2018
Elon Musk’s Boring company has finally received "verbal govt approval" to build a "NY-Phil-Balt-DC Hyperloop."
The Boring company has received an approval to do some preparatory and excavation work at the fenced-off parking lot at 53 New York Avenue NE. The permit was issued last year, and the Boring Co. spokesman stated that "a New York Avenue location if constructed, could become a station" in a broad network of stations across the new system.
“Stations in a Loop or Hyperloop system are small in size and widely distributed in a network — very different from large-station termini considered for train systems,” a Boring company spokesman said.
“We’re just beginning, in the mayor’s office, our conversation to get an understanding of what the general vision is for Hyperloop,” Falcicchio said. When asked if the Bowser administration supports the project the company’s spokesperson stated that “We’re open to the concept of moving people around the region more efficiently.”
D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser visited a tunnel that the Boring Co. is digging in California to learn more about the technology. D.C.'s Department of Transportation is figuring out what other permits the Boring Company would need to cut under city roads and other public spaces stated Bowser's chief of staff, John Falcicchio.
Musk states that the company’s Hyperloop system could carry people between the capital and New York in just 29 minutes which currently take over 3 hours. Musk has received backing from the White House Office of American Innovation; however, the kind of infrastructure required for the US-wide Hyperloop system Musk dreams of could take years to build.